October 23rd, 2016

Gallery: Irish Navy rescues 371 migrants

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh

The Irish Navy successfully rescued 371 migrants from three rubber vessels located 27 nautical miles north-west of Tripoli.

The LÉ Róisín was deployed following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre

The first rescue commenced at 6.50am, a total of 114 migrants were brought on board and are receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Róisín was immediately re-tasked with the rescue of a further 115 people from a rubber boat in the same area. All persons were on board by 9.15am.

The vessel was then sent on a third search and rescue operation, 37 nautical miles north west of Tripoli, where a further 142 migrants were taken on board. 

The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean